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Top 10 Tips to Take Care of Your Car

How many times have you wished there was something you could have done to prevent a problem with your car? How many times have you paid for something that you could have avoided? How many times have you wondered what to do? If any of these questions crossed your mind, you're in luck because this article is full of useful tips and tricks to keep you...
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My Headlight is Out Now What?

Headlights are one of those essential car parts you don't pay attention to until they're gone or fading. When the road ahead appears dim , you may have more questions than answers. To answer your questions, here are some things you should know about checking and replacing your headlights. Obviously, if you can't see the road at night, it's time to ...
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Recognizing Good Shops vs. Bad Shops

Your vehicle is a huge part of your life. It gets you to your job in the morning, helps you run errands, and makes those vacations possible on the weekends. Americans depend heavily on their cars, and because we use them so often, it puts and enormous amount of strain on their machines. Even though we want to believe our car can handle all the pres...
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Vehicle Maintenance Checklist

Start the new year fresh with this vehicle maintenance checklist! Our general service schedule is easy-to-follow, based on month intervals, and focuses on what items need to be checked and when. Another great way to check and see if you need a tune-up is to watch your mileage. Every month, the average mileage is 1,000 miles. If you average more tha...
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Educating Yourself to Better Understand Your Vehicle

Picture this : you're driving down the road in an area you're not totally comfortable with. All of a sudden, you realize, something's not quite right with your car. You pull over, terrified because you don't know the first thing about cars, let alone car repairs. You begin to panic and don't know what's safe to check or what could possibly be wrong...
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Keep Your Cool in Hot Summer Cars

When it's hot outside, one of the last places you want to be is sitting in traffic without a properly functioning air conditioning (A/C) system. To help avoid this uncomfortable situation, AutoPair recommends having your A/C system checked annually to make sure it is functioning at its peak performance level when the temperatures are soaring. "Maki...
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The Penny Test: A Quick Way To Check Tire Wear

How well do you take care of your tires? Do you keep them properly inflated? Do you know about tire maintenance and its impact on safety and fuel efficiency? Do you check if they're worn? If you care about your safety and spending less on tire upkeep, you need to know some basic car tips. The replacement of old tires is a common maintenance item, o...
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How Often Should I Change My Oil?

Here I go again. I'm sitting in my car driving to work and I look down at the information displayed on my dashboard. It tells me that my oil life is 0%. Oh my! How in the world did that happen? It's time for an oil change again. So the questions is, how often should I change my oil? My uncle, the mechanic, told me several years ago to always c...
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6 Vehicle Warning Smells

Our senses are there for us to observe and understand the environment around us. They're also there to protect us from danger. When operating a vehicle, it's really important to stay alert and a pay attention to the warning sings it's giving you. When your car begins to smell, it could mean your safety is at risk. Below are some warning signs to lo...
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How To Reduce Your Vehicle Maintenance Costs

If you want to avoid nasty and unexpected maintenance costs, sticking to a regimented schedule of preventative maintenance is very important . F requent maintenance will keep your car in good health, making sure you get the best use out of those expensive parts. The best way to reduce maintenance costs is to stick to a strict maintenance schedule ....
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Signs That Your Brakes Need Inspecting

Cars experience normal wear and tear throughout their lifespan. It's important to get your oil changed and your tires checked out, but one crucial thing to pay attention to is the health of your tires. When driving, it could be the difference between a life or death. Getting them checked and serviced by a professional ensures a high level of safety...
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Why Do They Always Show Me My Air Filter When I Have My Oil Changed?

You Need Clean Air to Breathe and so Does Your Car In order to survive, humans require clean and healthy air. Surprisingly and maybe a little bit ironically, cars also need clean air to function. Whether you're in a small town or a big city, a vehicle's air filter makes it possible to keep your vehicle's air circulation clean and safe. The non-prof...
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How Often Should I Change My Windshield Wipers?

On average, you should change your wiper blades about once every six months to a year or as soon as you notice a difference in driving visibility. Some indicators that signal your windshield wipers need replacing are screeching sounds, skipping motions across the windshield, leaving behind a streaky residue, and missing areas when cleaning. On...
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Steps to Save Gas Without Driving Less

Summer is here, and school is out, and even if you don't have little ones on summer break, it's the perfect time of year to enjoy traveling, including a weekend get-a-way. Whether you travel by car or truck, use premium or diesel gasoline, fuel efficiency can save you tons of money. Proper vehicle maintenance is one of the ways to save gas without ...
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9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint

9 Surprising Things That Ruin Your Car's Paint Keeping your car looking good isn't just a matter of increasing its resale value, although that's important too, it's also your car's only line of defense between the sheet metal and the elements. Obviously, parking lot dings and gravel roads do some damage, but so do other not-so-obvious culprits...
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How do I know if I need new tires?

Examining your tires for wear and tear, along with checking tire pressure and alignment, should be a frequent ritual in your car care routine. These practices maximize your vehicle's safety, improve gas mileage, and boost performance. The non-profit, Car Care Council recommends different procedures to ensure your tires are in tip-top shape when on ...
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Essential Items to Keep in Your Car

When we think of car safety, airbags and seatbelts immediately come to mind. However, we often overlook the small items that go a long way when involved in emergency situations. It doesn't take much money to stock your car with these essential items, so having them on hand makes complete sense for keeping you and your passengers safe on and off the...
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What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

What does the Check Engine Light Mean?  When the check engine light goes on, it normally evokes a sense of anxiety in many vehicle owners. In a way, your job revolves around ​interpreting​ the needs of your car. And you engine light is your vehicle's way of letting you know that something needs attention. This article should help&nbs...
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Ways You Could Be Killing Your Car

Each day, week, and season you and your car must face a multitude of difficulties. For you, problems can range from forgetting to do the dishes to coping with the boss' new "big project." For your car, they rest somewhere in between low tire pressure to a failed transmission. You'll have to look somewhere else to help with those dishes, but here is...
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How to get 5% off on gas EVERY winter!

  Across all seasons, there are some things that your car needs in order to run smoothly and to last long. Many forget that in the winter, that fact is devastatingly apparent and it shows on our gas bill receipts. Truth be told, the prime cause of the heightened gas fee lies in your tires! There is a direct causation between tire pressure (or ...
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